The Jacksonville Jaguars need a quarterback — but so do several other teams picking in the top half of the 2019 NFL Draft. Could one of them leapfrog the Jaguars, who currently hold the No. 7 overall pick, to get Dwayne Haskins who is arguably the top guy in his class?
Brugler has now released his third mock draft of the offseason and he thinks John Elway could get aggressive — and find a trading partner with the New York Jets, who are set at quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Here are Brugler’s predictions for how the first round will go leading up to the Jaguars’ pick.
1. Arizona Cardinals – Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
The phone lines are open, and the Cardinals are willing listeners for possible trades. But if a desirable package isn’t offered, Bosa makes the most sense at No. 1. Assuming the medicals come back clean, the former Buckeye is the best player in this draft class and plays a premium position.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Unfortunately for the Niners, they just miss out on Bosa to fill their glaring need at edge rusher, but Allen isn’t a bad consolation prize. Adding 20-pluspounds of muscle and expanding his pass rush repertoire as a senior, Allen was the most improved player I studied this season.
**Projected trade: Denver Broncos trading up to No. 3 with the New York Jets**
3. Denver Broncos – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
What we think we know: John Elway is going to get his quarterback. What we don’t know: Who is that quarterback? Instead of settling for the second- or third-best passer (like they did with Paxton Lynch), it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Elway get aggressive to land his top quarterback.
Last year, the Jets traded up to No. 3 for a quarterback and now they do the opposite, trading out of this spot and recouping draft capital, including Denver’s second-rounder in this mock draft.
4. Oakland Raiders – Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
Although his college production didn’t match the hype, Gary has freaky (and raw) traits for a 280-pounder that will appeal to Jon Gruden. Only one team had fewer than 30 sacks in 2018 and that was the Raiders with a paltry 13.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
Under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, the Bucs are expected to transition to a 3-4 base formation. But regardless of scheme, Williams, who played primarily as the nose in Nick Saban’s 3-4 base, has the talent that fits anywhere on the defensive line.
6. New York Giants – Cody Ford, OT/OG, Oklahoma
The Giants have needs up and down the roster, including at quarterback. But it wouldn’t be a surprise if general manager Dave Gettleman opts to upgrade the trenches first and foremost. Ford is a wide-bodied bully who moves well, providing tackle-guard flexibility.
Jones reads the field extremely well. I think he’ll be available in the second round, but I wouldn’t fault the team for going to get their guy right away.
That leaves the pickings slim for the Jaguars, who Brugler thinks will go after an offensive lineman should someone pick Haskins ahead of them.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jonah Williams, OT/OG, Alabama
The Blake Bortles era in Jacksonville is over, but it is possible the Jaguars will elect to fill their quarterback need via free agency (Nick Foles) or trade (Joe Flacco) rather than the draft. Williams might not have ideal size measurements for tackle, but he plays technically sound and gets the job done.
Brugler isn’t the only draft analyst who thinks Jacksonville will pick Williams — a little more than a week ago our own Dan Kadar of Mocking The Draft said he could see it happening.
What do you think? How would you feel about the Jaguars letting another team be more aggressive and letting the chips fall where they may? Does an offensive lineman in the first round and a Day 2 quarterback satisfy you — or would you rather the team go all in on Haskins?
Let us know in the comments below!